Department Chair: Francis Schmidt
Department Secretary: Barbara Bliss
Room: W-225
Phone: (201) 447-7143

Our Mission

The mission of the department of visual arts at Bergen Community is to provide students with instruction, experience and encouragement in the practice of visual art and the study of the history of art and visual culture. Our courses, taught by professors who are also professionals active in their fields, impart current information and techniques and promote the development of students’ thinking about art, media, and culture. The Visual Arts Department is located on the main campus in Paramus in West Hall. Facilities include state-of-the-art studios for computer animation, computer graphics, drawing/painting, digital and darkroom photography and digital projection for the teaching of the history of art.

Career Paths

The Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.)- Graphic Design and Computer Graphics program is designed to provide students with the coursework needed to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and computer graphics. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a pathway to careers in graphic design and computer graphics, such as art director, multimedia artist, and graphic designer. Students can take coursework and concentrated options in graphic design or computer graphics. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with Bergen Community College faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. Students can also utilize Career Coach, a resource provided by Bergen, to explore degree programs and corresponding careers https://bergen.emsicc.com.

Transfer Opportunities

Students pursuing the Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.)- Graphic Design and Computer Graphics option can transfer into majors, such as graphic design and computer graphics. Students are encouraged to work closely with Bergen Community College faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer https://njtransfer.org.

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